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"This work offers journalists a guide to the environmental beat, with a summary of the technical aspects of selected environmental topics. . . . The authors, almost all from government, academia, and consulting groups in New Jersey, have produced a valuable tool."-Choice

"The Reporter's Environmental Handbook is an excellent quick reference book for reporters and editors under deadline pressure. It contains a short background chapter on every imaginable kind of risk situation. It is a very useful guide for journalists reporting on environmental issues."-Teya Ryan, executive vice president and general manager of CNN, U.S.

"[An] indispensable book for any journalist, student, or informed lay person who needs to understand and communicate environmental risks."-Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D., dean, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

"A valuable tool for print and broadcast journalists reporting on the major environmental hazards of this new century. Every news organization ought to have this book in easy reach for their reporters and editors."-Jerome Aumente, distinguished professor emeritus and founding director, Journalism Resources Institute, Rutgers University

When an environmental news story breaks, the first place to turn for background on the issue is The Reporter's Environmental Handbook, now available in an updated and expanded third edition. Here, journalists can find the fast facts they need to accurately cover complex and controversial environmental stories ranging from indoor and outdoor air quality to sprawl and bioterrorism.

Bernadette M. West is an assistant professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health (UMDNJ-SPH). M. Jane Lewis is an assistant professor at UMDNJ-SPH and a member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute. Michael R. Greenberg is a professor and associate dean of the faculty of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He recently served on a National Academy of Sciences committee that oversees the destruction of the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile. David B. Sachsman is the George R. West, Jr. Chair of Excellence in Communication and Public Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Renée M. Rogers is an environmental consultant specializing in human health risk assessment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813532868
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Getting Started
How to Use This Handbook 3
Handling an Environmental Emergency: A Case Study in Finding Sources 5
The Language of Risk 11
Tracking Down a Company's Environmental Record 27
Finding an Expert 32
The Larger Context
Journalists' Views of the Environment: Issues and Challenges 37
Who Sets the Environmental Agenda? 48
Thoughts on the Future of Environmental Policy and Regulation 60
Briefs
Air Pollution (Indoor) 65
Air Pollution (Outdoor) 76
Animal Waste Management 87
Biodiversity 96
Brownfields 104
Cancer and Other Disease Cluster Claims 110
Chemical Emergencies 118
Chemical Weapons (Disarmament) 127
Children's Health (Asthma) 138
Children's Health (Lead) 146
Cross-Border Environmental Issues (U.S.-Mexico) 154
Dioxin 160
Disposal of Dredged Materials 167
Endocrine Disrupters 172
Environmental Justice and Hazardous Waste 178
Food Irradiation 189
Genetically Modified Crops 196
Global Climate Change 206
Groundwater Pollution 219
Naturally Occurring and Technology-Based Disasters 228
Occupational Health 238
Ozone Depletion 248
Pesticides 257
Pollution Prevention/Source Reduction 265
Population Growth 272
Sprawl and Environmental Health 283
Surface Water Quality 292
Water Supply 299
Acronyms and Abbreviations 309
Glossary 313
About the Authors 327
Index 329
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